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beyond minding your own business

I’ve been trying to wrap my head around why our society is so backwards on how we treat each other.  We feel free to gossip and say what we want about people’s private lives – spreading rumors and expressing our opinions about people we don’t even truly know. Oh sure, you may know who they…

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Teen dating abuse – what you need to know

Did you know that February is teen dating abuse awareness month? Did you even know that teen dating abuse is a real problem? 1/3 of teens will experience it.  It’s not always physical. Often it is more about manipulating emotions and trying to control the other person. I’ve posted this blog before, but it bears…

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Simple doesn’t mean easy

During adult class this week, I was teaching a pre-arranged fighting drill. It was only a 3-4 step drill and the students already knew the techniques. Simple right?  I give you 3 or 4 things to do and then you do them.  Yes, it was simple, but it was not easy.  You see, there’s more…

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“Always do your best”

In almost every dojo, you will find a set of rules. We call it dojo kun. Regardless of the style you practice, they are pretty similar in that they are meant to be guidelines to live by to be a good person and martial artist. These are the rules that were set forth by our…

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There is no box

It’s no secret that I’m proud of what I do. It makes me happy.  However, when I meet someone new and the question comes up “what do you do?” or “where do you work?”, I almost visibly cringe.  Not because I don’t want to talk about it.  Anyone that knows me knows that I absolutely…

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book review The Difference-A Mental Approach to Martial Arts

I recently purchased The Difference – A Mental Approach to Martial Arts by Jerry Figgiani with Chris R. Vaccaro.  While this book is not very large, it is absolutely packed with good information.  The book is aimed towards martial artists because it encompasses the mental aspects that we strive for such as respect for self and…

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What brings adults to the dojo?

It’s hard to believe that we are at the end of November already.  In Wisconsin, it seems a little surreal since the temperature is well above normal for this time of year. However, winter and the holidays are upon us whether mother nature agrees or not. As the year comes to a close, many of…

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Who comes to Wisconsin for a seminar?

My blogs have been a little sporadic lately, but with good reason.  No blog last week because I was busy hosting an awesome seminar with Sensei Jerry Figgiani, President and Founder of Shorin Ryu Karatedo International. (SRKDI) I was introduced to Sensei Figgiani and SRKDI by my sensei, Kyoshi Brad Wells. Sensei Figgiani holds the…

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teaching our kids to say “no”

Looking at the title of this blog, you may be thinking “Are you kidding me?  That was my kid’s first word!” While that may be true, at some point we also start teaching them to not say no.  Don’t talk back!  Respect your elders! That’s rude, don’t talk like that!  There are times when our…

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Me too and something better

Everyone is weighing in on the “me too” phenomenon.  The participation on social media started by actress Alyssa Milano using the simple phrase “me too” for women to indicate that they have been sexually harassed or assaulted has been astounding.  The last numbers I saw were over 500,000 in the first 24 hours alone.  Sadly,…

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